If you have never had a Special Club Champagne you should seek them out. Here is a list of the 29 wineries that are allowed to make a SC bottling. I have had SC wines from 9 of the 29.

IW


1 Champagne PAUL BARA
2 Champagne ROLAND CHAMPION
3 Champagne CHARLIER ET FILS
4 Champagne GASTON CHIQUET
5 Champagne DUMÉNIL
6 Champagne FORGET-CHEMIN
7 Champagne FRESNET-JUILLET
8 Champagne PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS
9 Champagne J.M. GOULARD
10 Champagne HENRI GOUTORBE
11 Champagne GRONGNET
12 Champagne MARC HÉBRART
13 Champagne HERVIEUX DUMEZ
14 Champagne VINCENT JOUDART
15 Champagne JUILLET-LALLEMENT
16 Champagne LARMANDIER PÈRE ET FILS
17 Champagne J. LASSALLE
19 Champagne JOSEPH LORIOT-PAGEL
20 Champagne A. MARGAINE
21 Champagne RÉMY MASSIN ET FILS
22 Champagne JOSÉ MICHEL ET FILS
23 Champagne MOUSSÉ FILS
24 Champagne MOUZON-LEROUX ET FILS
25 Champagne NOMINÉ-RENARD
26 Champagne SALMON
27 Champagne SANCHEZ-LE GUÉDARD
28 Champagne VAZART-COQUART ET FILS
29 Champagne PERTOIS MORISET

Here is a link to a page showcasing the profile of each producer of SC Champagne.

http://www.clubtresorsdechampagne.com/en/member
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Of the members on your list, I think there are 4 which have not released their first Special Club bottling yet. They are:

Goulard
Mouzon-Leroux et Fils
Sanchez-Le Guedard
Pertois Moriset

There is a 5 year lag time between the time an estate becomes a member and when they can release their first Special Club.

VM
The best Special Club wines I have had:

1996 Juillet-Lallement Champagne Grand Cru Special Club- 96 points.
2002 Launois Pere et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Special Club Blanc de Blancs- 96 points.
1998 J. Lassalle Champagne Special Club- 94-95 points.
2008 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Special Club Brut- 94 points.
2008 Moussé Fils Champagne Special Club Cuisles- 94 points.
2006 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club- 94 points.
2006 Vazart-Coquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Special Club Brut- 94 points
2008 Grongnet Champagne Special Club- 94 points.
2004 Charlier & Fils Champagne Special Club Brut- 94 points.

Complete TN's on these wines are available someplace on the board.

VM
I had dinner with the former importer of Launois wines in the Midwest in February and recall him telling me that Launois was leaving the Special Club for business reasons. I recently saw the 2008 Launois SC at K&L but haven't seen it for sale anywhere else. This could be the last SC they release.

VM
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
All it takes is a good hug. TLV and Allred are good huggers. Don't think I ever got a hug from Bill. The best hugger on the board is Seaquam, you just melt in his loving arms.

VM



In the interest of total truth, VM, what actually happened in New Orleans is that when I gazed into your eyes and whispered your sweet name, you swooned. I wasn't going to let you hit the sidewalk-- and I wanted to protect the bottle of wine you were holding-- so I put my arms around you to hold you up.

But if you want to recall that as a great hug, well... I'm there for ya, baby! Wink
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
I had dinner with the former importer of Launois wines in the Midwest in February and recall him telling me that Launois was leaving the Special Club for business reasons. I recently saw the 2008 Launois SC at K&L but haven't seen it for sale anywhere else. This could be the last SC they release.

VM

I spent last week visiting producers in Champagne and one of them had also dropped out of the special club programme quite a number of years ago. I'm pretty sure it was Larmandier-Bernier. I thought their wines were superb, better than many of the current members of Special Club.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
I had dinner with the former importer of Launois wines in the Midwest in February and recall him telling me that Launois was leaving the Special Club for business reasons. I recently saw the 2008 Launois SC at K&L but haven't seen it for sale anywhere else. This could be the last SC they release.

VM

I spent last week visiting producers in Champagne and one of them had also dropped out of the special club programme quite a number of years ago. I'm pretty sure it was Larmandier-Bernier. I thought their wines were superb, better than many of the current members of Special Club.


I agree, LB makes some great wines.
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
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Originally posted by Danyull:
I thought I read that the Special Club bottling is supposed to be their top wine.

I feel like Cuvee Angeline eclipses Lassalle's SC bottling often, like in 08.

You asked the same question 2 years ago and I answered it:

SC v. Cuvee Angeline

VM


Hahaha oops I forgot about that. I guess it wasn't clear in my memory whether it's the producers themselves that think their SC bottling is the best, or whether it's consumer/reviewer beliefs that it's their best.
Here is some good info about the Special Club from Brad Baker.

At one point in time the Special Club was really the 'who's who' of top grower Champagnes. At least that is what they were when they formed in 1971, but they started to lose their way in the mid-1980s when they insisted everyone make pure, precise, fairly stereotypical wine for the particular grape type(s) and village(s). The wines had to be good, but not too far off the normal path and they didn't want anyone to standout too much, be too different, or get too much attention. This led to a number of folks leaving like Selosse and then Peters. The club didn't want to change and soon membership became a rotating door. Standards dropped and outside of a few standbys, quality overall dropped to.

Recently they have become more open to new ideas and the Club's quality has increased. Some of the newer members are young, bright, rising stars like Mousse, Mouzon-Leroux, Goulard, and Remy Massin. The core are the long time, high quality members like Margaine, Gimonnet, Hebrart, Goutorbe, Bara, Chiquet, Lassalle, and Jose Michel.

Past members who are well known include Pierre Peters, Bonnaire, Jacques Selosse, Larmandier-Bernier, and Philippe Gonet.

For anyone who makes it over to Champagne, the Special Club (Club de Tresors) Shop is very well done and a great place to visit to purchase/taste. The Club also does a tasting during the 'Champagne Week' activities in April where all the producers pour their Club wine and a few other cuvees they make too.

In conclusion, the Club isn't what it once was, but is better now than it has been in at least a decade (probably more). Special Club does not denote that a bottle or producer is great, but a number of them are very good deals. Also, some of these sell for 30 Euros in France so they are fairly priced from that aspect. If the Club can gain some stability in membership and see some of the newer members continue to increase in quality then it could become something very special once again.

One other thing to add is that many of the Club producers now make a wine (or wines) that they consider above and beyond the Special Club bottling. At the start of the group, the Special Club bottling was always the prestige cuvee of the producer, but once producers wanted to produce a wine outside of the norm for the group and bottle it as a Special Club, things went sideways and many members left or grew uneasy. Members were forced to make sure Special Club was the top wine and that it met group standards for uniformity and expectations. This led even more to leave.

This stance was slowly relaxed a bit over time, but even up until just a few years ago, there were still a number of constraints on what you could and couldn't bottle as Special Club. Today, most of the Special Club bottlings are at or near the top of the producer's range and still tend to be an overall representation of what the producer can do without going too outside of the norm. Most of the more creative winemaking cuvees and wines focused on a particular expression (vineyard, village, grape, oak, etc...) are now released outside of the Special Club range. We will have to see how the younger generation of members responds to this.

I would love to tru the Selosse SC from years ago. In 2014 a 1979 Selosse SC sold for 740 Euros at auction.

http://www.bruun-rasmussen.dk/...300666949&tg=classic
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Originally posted by Italian Wino:
If you have never had a Special Club Champagne you should seek them out. Here is a list of the 29 wineries that are allowed to make a SC bottling. I have had SC wines from 9 of the 29.

IW

You placed a nice list the for the details too..
Thank you

1 Champagne PAUL BARA
2 Champagne ROLAND CHAMPION
3 Champagne CHARLIER ET FILS
4 Champagne GASTON CHIQUET
5 Champagne DUMÉNIL
6 Champagne FORGET-CHEMIN
7 Champagne FRESNET-JUILLET
8 Champagne PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS
9 Champagne J.M. GOULARD
10 Champagne HENRI GOUTORBE
11 Champagne GRONGNET
12 Champagne MARC HÉBRART
13 Champagne HERVIEUX DUMEZ
14 Champagne VINCENT JOUDART
15 Champagne JUILLET-LALLEMENT
16 Champagne LARMANDIER PÈRE ET FILS
17 Champagne J. LASSALLE
19 Champagne JOSEPH LORIOT-PAGEL
20 Champagne A. MARGAINE
21 Champagne RÉMY MASSIN ET FILS
22 Champagne JOSÉ MICHEL ET FILS
23 Champagne MOUSSÉ FILS
24 Champagne MOUZON-LEROUX ET FILS
25 Champagne NOMINÉ-RENARD
26 Champagne SALMON
27 Champagne SANCHEZ-LE GUÉDARD
28 Champagne VAZART-COQUART ET FILS
29 Champagne PERTOIS MORISET

Here is a link to a page showcasing the profile of each producer of SC Champagne.

http://www.clubtresorsdechampagne.com/en/member
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
I just found some Henri Goutorbe and Gaston Chiquet Special Club bottles at my LWS. I’m pretty excited to try them.

What vintages? If the Chiquet is the 2008, you have an excellent wine.

Also, did you see the article I posted about Michigan wine from the James Suckling website?

VM

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